Goose Island State Park

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About Goose Island State Park

Spend a day by the bay at Goose Island State Park. The bad news? You can’t swim here. Well you could try, but we wouldn’t recommend it. The good news? There’s plenty of other ways to spend your day! Fish for trout, flounder, and red drum from boat, the shore, or the park’s 1,620-foot long pier (bonus: you don’t need a fishing license when you fish from the shore or pier). Bring your binoculars to zoom in on one of the 300 varieties of birds that pass through the park when you hike on trails that wind under old-growth oak trees. Speaking of – don’t forget to visit the Big Tree, a 1,000+ old oak on the island, whose gnarly branches recall another famous tree – the Whomping Willow of Harry Potter fame. But don’t worry, the Big Tree loves having visitors; you’ll find the tree waiting to greet you on the north end of the park.

Campgrounds in Goose Island

Wooded Area Loop Campground

1. Wooded Area Loop Campground

Nestled among long-limbed oak trees on the “mainland” side of the park sit 82 campsites in the Wooded Area Loop Campground. Twenty five of those...

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Bayfront area Loop Campground

2. Bayfront area Loop Campground

88% Recommend (4 Responses)

Wake up to wading shorebirds pecking for fish right outside your tent -- this is bayfront living at it’s best. The majority of these 44 “premium”...

Kirbi: We enjoyed camping here... although we came in August and it was HOT. Would definitely not recommend tent camping in the dead...


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Hipcamper Ryan

Basically zero shade at the bayfront sites, and in the wooded sites, you need max deet mosquito spray

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Hipcamper Kirbi

We enjoyed camping here... although we came in August and it was HOT. Would definitely not recommend tent camping in the dead of Texas summer. :) These sites don't have beach access, although you can visit the beach by driving a short 5-10 minutes. The sites are great and you can feel the breeze off the water which is a nice reprieve from the heat. Rockport is a great town!

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History of Goose Island State Park

Goose Island State Park is 321.4 acres on St. Charles and Aransas bays. It is located north of Rockport in Aransas County. The state acquired land for the park in 1931-1935 by deeds from private owners. A legislative act set aside the state-owned Goose Island as a state park.

The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the earliest park facilities in the 1930s.